Former Model America & Universe Top 5 Finalist Charles Justo was tagged by Russell Simmons to runway his new Argyle line at Miami Fashion Week. The 6'2", 200 lbs. sports model also will appear in Touchstone Pictures new flick, "The Surrogates" with Bruce Willis in Boston. Last week, he landed hand model gig for a major Columbian lotion company. Charles said laughingly, "Here I train, diet and keep myself in top shape all year for work and all these people wanted is to look at my hands?! The former Florida high school basketball star currently lives and works in Miami Beach but also auditions in New York and Los Angeles.
In just his first year in the industry, Alex Ceobanu has quickly become one of Eastern Europe's hottest runway models. The 20 year old Romanian college student has already appeared at Milan, Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris and Moscow shows where he adorned Nike, Quicksilver and Asics. Alex is next planning to compete at Model Universe but before landing in Miami will appear at shows in New York and two commercial auditions in Hollywood. Not bad for his first 12 months of work!
Last month's Miami Fashion Week featured the ultimate in cool threads and hot bodies including '06 Model Universe Champion R.L. Bond. This guy gets hotter by week and was chosen for the runway by designers Unico, Bogosse, Robert Flores and Mocali. But R.L. claims it wasn't easy preparing for the shows. "I had to drop my weight 5 pounds within 2 weeks to be able to fit into the designer clothes. My diet was eating chicken, lots of fruit, drinking only juices, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I skipped breakfast everyday and only ate lunch and dinner. Plus, I was running 7 miles a day." R.L. will be one of the seminar speakers at Model Universe in Miami, so come by and meet this fast rising star.